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Montreux Solo Piano: Ray Bryant / Andrew Hill

Posted in Andrew Hiill, clips, jazz, Ray Bryant with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by crownpropeller

rayshotRay Bryant in Montreux 1972.

hillshotAndrew Hill in Montreux 1975.

In the 1970s the Montreux Jazz Festival alwas presented at least one solo piano concert. For example in 1974 there were concerts by Earl Hines and by Cecil Taylor, which I did present here.  Since I noticed that that blog entry gathered some interest, I decided to look if there’s some more solo piano from Montreux in the vast collection of my late friend Otto Flückiger. And there is!

 

First from June 23, 1972, we have Ray Bryant’s appearance. At least parts of his set were released on this Atlantic LP

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Since I do not own this LP, I can not tell you what parts of it are in the TV footage. Bothe the record and the video start with Gotta Travel On.

The other solo piano clip from Montreux I found comes from July 20, 1975. This concert by Andrew Hill also resulted in an LP:

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But again, I am not able to compare the contents, also because I do not know Hills 1970’s repertoire very good.

Enjoy!

Rex Stewart in Europe (1947/1948)

Posted in documents, jazz, Rex Stewart with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by crownpropeller


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Rex Stewart. Photo: Gottlieb

In Otto Flückiger’s collection I found some nice souvenirs from Rex Stewart’s late 1947 / early 1948 european concerts. The most beautiful item is a program from the Tabaris-Bar in Lausanne (in the french speaking part of Switzerland), probably from November 1947 or from spring 1948. It has been autographed by nearly everybody in the band: Rex, trombonist Sandy Williams, tenor sax man Vernon Story whose only claim to fame is his short stint with Stewart, pianist Don Gais and drummer Ted Curry. Missing is only the bassist (if indeed there was one).

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Back of autographed program for the Rex Stewart appearance at the Tabaris-Bar in Lausanne, late 1947 or early 1948. From the Otto Flückiger Collection

As you can see from the program’s inside, Rex Stewart “et son orchestre de couleur américain” were not the evening’s only attraction:

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In fact the Tabaris’ management obviously thought more about Borrah Minevitch, as his picture is featured on the program’s front (Rex’s is on the back).

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The second item I found in relation to Rex Stewart’s european sojourn is another program – this time it’s (almost) only about Rex.

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(Click to enlarge) Program for a Rex Stewart appearance in Switzerland, late 1947 or early 1948. From the Otto Flückiger Collection

“Almost” because there are also piano solos by Bernard Pfeiffer mentioned. The program was printed in Lausanne, so it might well be also from the Tabaris-Bar (maybe after Minevitch went out or before he came in?).

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(Click to enlarge) Program for a Rex Stewart appearance in Switzerland, late 1947 or early 1948. From the Otto Flückiger Collection

What you can not really see on this scan is that the original owner of the program marked the pieces played that night and also added pieces that were played but not announced in the printed program. So the band played (in an unknown order of course) Georgia on My Mind, The Jeep Is Jumpin’, Boy Meets Horn, The Man I Love, The Mooche, Just Squeeze Me, Jazz Me Blues, Stompin’ At The Savoy, Body And Soul, Storyville, Honeysuckle Rose and – probably as closer – Goofin’ Off.

Of course you would like to know what that sounded like. There are no recordings from Lausanne although there are three dates from Basel (November 1947 as well as April 30 and May 5, 1948) in the standard discographies. I do not have these in my collection, instead I am offering you four tracks as recorded by Rex’s group in Paris in December 1947. First here is “The Man I Love” as recorded live at the Salle Pleyel on December 5:

And here’s the band three days later on a studio in Paris playing “Just Squeeze Me”:

From the same date comes Roy’s old feature number with Duke, “Boy Meets Horn”:

And finally here is Rex going with the times by offering “Be-bop Boogie”, which also offers a rare glimpse of tenor man Vernon Story:

Finally here is (part of) an enthusiastic though paternalistic review of one of Rex’s appearances probably from a swiss newspaper:

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(Click to enlarge) Undated review of a Rex Stewart appearance, probably Switzerland, early 1948. From the Otto Flückiger Collection

Whereas Rex had used John Harris on clarinet and alto in Paris, this review mentions alto saxophonist George Kennedy and makes a point of him being the only white guy in the band. That again points to indeed no bassist playing at least on the evening which was reviewed here.

Enjoy!

McCoy Tyner with Hubbard, Henderson, Scofield (1986)

Posted in clips, Freddie Hubbard, jazz, McCoy Tyner with tags , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by crownpropeller

tyner_umbriaMcCoy Tyner in Umbria, 1986

After this, this and this post, I was sure that I had digitized all of the McCoy Tyner videos I could find in Otto Flückiger’s VHS collection. But I was wrong. Because recently I found two 1986 TV broadcasts featuring a Tyner band with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, John Scofield,  Louis Hayes and Avery Sharpe.

So here to definitely close the series of Tyner clips up are nearly 30 minutes of the band at the Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 14, 1986:

And here, from a  day later, is almost an hour of the same group at the Jazz Festival in Umbria, Italy, on July 15, 1986.

Enjoy!

Johnny Griffin in Warsaw (“Jazz Greats” Series)

Posted in jazz, Johnny Griffin with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by crownpropeller

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In the collection of my late friend, swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, I recently found four MCs containing Johnny Griffin’s concerts at the Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw Poland in 1973 and 1977. They are obviously from a larger series of bootleg tapes that probably someone from Poland manufactured. The Griffin concerts are parts 1 and 2 each of “Jazz Greats 10″ (the 1973 concert) and “Jazz Greats 22″ (the 1977 concert).

On October 26, 1973 Griffin was accompagnied by pianist Kenny Drew, danish bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Art Taylor.

Here – directly from the MC – is Griffin’s own “Soft and Furry”. A beautiful rendition, I think, and sound quality – most probably from a radio broadcast – is fine enough.

 

 

Four years later, on October 24, 1977, Art Taylor was still the drummer, but now Mark Johnson played bass and the pianist was Pat Coil.
As I am just in a ballad mood, here’s one from that concert: 18 minutes of “Body and Soul” – no further words necessary:

Has anyone seen any other MCs from the “Jazz Greats” Series? I would sure like to know what’s on them!

 

 

Sun Ra and the hot chicks!

Posted in documents, jazz, Sun Ra with tags , , , , on June 15, 2014 by crownpropeller


A while ago while searching for hot girlie magazines Sun Ra related items on ebay I was surprised that the March 1969 issue of Swank magazine showed up in my search.

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Sex and space music: “Swank”, March 1969

I have applied a little censorship to the mag’s front page here as this blog might be visited by minors. Also, the woman pictured on the cover might not be happy to see herself dressed that way again.

I bought the magazine because I was very much curious what space jazz master Sun Ra was doing in between the “Teen-Age Sex Queen Of Sweden” and “Love Potions And Aphrodisiacs!”.  Adding to my curiousity was the fact that being from March 1969 (the “Rolling Stone” with the Sun Ra cover shot of  was the April 1969 issue) this must be a quite early mention of Ra in an US-wide distributed non-specialist magazine. So what’s inside?

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Stan Getz in Lugano 1989

Posted in clips, jazz, Stan Getz with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by crownpropeller

stanStan Getz in Lugano, 1989

 

Sometimes you just have to give up. Already a while ago I found in Ottos Flückiger’s collection a VHS cassette featuring about 45 minutes of Stan Getz’ appeareance at the Estival Jazz Lugano in 1989. Unfortunately picture and sound were absolutely out of synch. When I fixed the start of the sound to the start of the movie, it sounded quite right at first. But this went along well only for the first ten minutes. After that the pictures move slower than the sound, then suddenly they run faster again. Fixing this would just be too much work for me.

In the fine ten minute portion I could restore, you’ll hear and see Stan accompagnied by Kenny Barron (p), Yasuhito Mori (b) and Ben Riley (dr) playing Kenny Barron’s “Feijoada” (Thanks, Ehsan!). A Feijoada by the way is a very tasty thing, just ask any Brazilian.  I once had the pleasure to be invited to a Feijoada dinner – lots of stuff with a hearty taste! Unfortunately the theme reprise for this Feijoada here is missing, the sound goes totally out of synch before the tunes comes to its end, so I cut it off.

 

Enjoy!

 

Nina Simone at Jazzgipfel Stuttgart 1989

Posted in clips, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, Nina Simone with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by crownpropeller

ninaNina Simone in Stuttgart, 1989

Back in the late eighties I was working as a humper. Humpers are the people that carry equipment around before a gig. You might think that these people are called roadies, but then you are wrong. Roadies are the people that tell the humpers where to put the heavy things they are carrying around! The company I was working for did mostly rock concerts, but also some different festivals and shows.

In some summer in the late eighties we were doing some sort of city festival in Cologne and I was glad to see Nina Simone on the programme. But alas, Nina was in a very bad mood that day – and for a reason. They had relegated the great singer and pianist to a side stage. In fact she had to play on an upright piano placed on a truck! In front of nearly no-one! I remember her as being quite aggressive and stopping the concert after 20 minutes, she was really pissed. I understood that well, but I thought it was a pity just the same because the people that were there, were there for her.

Luckily I found some footage of Nina in a good mood on VHS cassettes in Otto Flückiger’s collection. The two clips I am presenting here come from the Jazzgipfel Stuttgart in 1989, so they might be from the same tour that the Cologne city Festival was part of.

 

Here is part 1:

Nina’s band members are on guitar Al Schackman, on bass Chris White and on drums Paul Robinson (thanks to Gerrit de Bruin for information!).

And here’s part 2. Watch Dizzy Gillespie give Nina some flowers at the end!

Enjoy!

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